Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
- Date – 13th May 2018
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,357
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Bookings – Tomkins, McArthur, Brunt, Dawson, Gibbs
- Goals – Zaha (70), van Aanholt (78)
- Star Eagle – Patrick van Aanholt (9.2)
So that’s all for another season of top flight football and what a roller coaster ride it has been for Palace. After starting the season with seven straight defeats and not a single goal, Roy Hodgson has done an incredible job to stear us to an 11th place finish in the Premier League and for that reason, he should be seriously considered for the manager of the season award. The West Brom game was one of the best this season because for the first time, Palace were not playing to survive, that was already complete. Unfortunaley, a top half finish was not to be as Newcastle took apart Chelsea on Tyneside, however, who are we to complain? Palace fans can sit back and enjoy the World Cup this summer knowing we are still a Premier League team and will start our sixth consecutive season in August.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.7) – Was not hugely tested and had a comfortable afternoon. Was there to give Palace’s defense options.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (8.5) – Yet another fantastic game for the young right back. I hope to see him as first choice next season.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.7) – Solid at the back and helped keep the visitors’ attack quiet for the entire game. Proving to be a crucial part of Hodgson’s starting eleven.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (7.1) – Kept up his good defensive record with Tomkins with takes it to 15 games without a loss for the partnership. A great spine for this Palace side.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (9.2) – Scored his third goal in as many games, the best in his career to date. Replaced by 23 PAPE SOUARE (6.1) on 82 minutes. It was great to see Pape play again in Palace colours, however, I fear it could be the final time we see the Senegal international.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.8) – Worked so, so hard yet again and mentioned after the game that he is looking forward to next season with Palace, putting the rumours of him moving to Scotland to bed. Replaced by 17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.5) on 68 minutes who was unfortunate not to get his fourth goal of the season late on.
28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.4) -Luka has been phenomenal this season. He proved why he is the Palace skipper by helping out Wan-Bissaka on multiple occasions. I’m not sure what we would do without him.
7 YOHAN CABAYE (7.3) – Another classy performance from the French mastreo. The best thing about Cabaye is that he lets the ball do the work and it a joy to watch. I’m sure Palace fans would agree that keeping him for at least another season would be fantastic.
8 RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (7.1) – After being unfortunate with injuries, Loftus-Cheek has really performed in recent matches for Palace and showed his quality again against West Brom. His ability to get out of tight areas and his strength on the ball are superb. If he does not go to the World Cup and Jake Livermore does, it would be criminal.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.9) – Mr Palace does it again. It wasn’t his best performance, however, he has set the standard pretty high this season. He adds another goal to his tally and says that Palace is his home after the game to put transfer speculation to sleep. What a man.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.7) – Missed a chance to score when one on one with Foster which will no doubt annoy him due to his goal tally this campaign. Andros works so hard off and on the ball and is a crucial link to this team. Replaced by 14 CHUNG-YONG LEE (6.1) on 85 minutes.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian SPERONI, 15 Jeffrey SCHLUPP, 44 Jairo RIEDEWALD, 34 Martin KELLY
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “It’s a day that is tinged with sadness because I’m really sad to see West Brom go down. They are a very good club with fantastic fans – at the start of the season I couldn’t dream that West Brom would be one of the teams to go down. Our success is to their detriment to some extent. I spare a thought for them and their players, especially the ones I worked with.”
DARREN MOORE: “It’s been an end of the season where pride has been restored when it could’ve been terrible. We achieved some great results and pulled back a points deficit to give us a glimmer of hope, but when it was confirmed, all that was hard to take – there was definitely a hangover from that. We just ran out of steam.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Patrick van Aanholt (9.2) while Wilfried Zaha and James Mclean (3) had the most shots. Chris Brunt (8) topped the tackles chart as Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Wilfried Zaha and James Mclean (4) completed the most dribbles with.
- Team rating: 7.33
- Total shots: 11
- Shots on target: 5
- Possession: 59%
- Pass success: 87%
- Dribbles: 21
- Aerials won: 13
- Tackles: 28
- Corners: 4
- Dispossessed: 26
- Team rating: 6.39
- Total shots: 7
- Shots on target: 1
- Possession: 41%
- Pass success: 79%
- Dribbles: 9
- Aerials won: 12
- Tackles: 34
- Corners: 2
- Dispossessed: 22
POSITION IN THE TABLE
The win against West Brom takes Palace to an 11th place finish in the Premier League this season, level on 44 points with Newcastle and Bournemouth who are above and below respectively. The Eagles also complete the 2017/18 campaign four points above Brighton. Mind the gap.